Steve Bisciotti held question-and-answer session with team employees

September 11, 2014|By Jeff Zrebiec | The Baltimore Sun

Not long after the Ravens sent out an email from owner Steve Bisciotti to their season ticket and suite holders and sponsors Tuesday night apologizing for their handling of the Ray Rice situation, another message went out to team employees.

It advised them of a meeting with Bisciotti on Wednesday morning where the owner explained the organization's handling of Rice's legal issues and subsequent release.

Bisciotti spoke for about two minutes to the Ravens' coaching staff and all other employees at the Under Armour Performance Center. He then opened up the floor for questions.

“It was not [with] the players," Bisciotti told The Baltimore Sun in his first public comments since Rice's release on Monday. "[Head coach John Harbaugh] handled the players. It was John, all the coaches and all the employees at every level. We put out a letter to our fans last night and we told the employees that we’d be meeting them this morning. I didn’t talk for two minutes before I opened it up for questions. My meeting with employees went a lot like this interview is going. Everybody asked the same questions."

Bisciotti has taken accountability for the team's handling of the Rice situation, saying that "the buck stops" with him.   

"I’m very comfortable with my role as – if nothing else – like a senior advisor to [team president Dick Cass] and [general manager Ozzie Newsome] and John," he said. "That’s my participation in this thing. If I’m not going to work 60 hours a week like they do, then I can’t carve out jobs that are mine because I wouldn’t be here to fulfill them. I’m not going to change my role in the company because that would indicate that I’m displeased with the people that are running it. And I’m not. We all failed. I was kept abreast of every little thing that we were doing here."

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